On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced the Sustainability in Manufacturing partnership. Through this partnership fostered by DOE’s Better Plants program, DOE and the NAM will work together to help U.S. manufacturers drive energy productivity improvements and accelerate adoption of energy-efficient technologies.
The Sustainability in Manufacturing partnership will provide DOE and the NAM the opportunity to engage directly with manufacturers, identify opportunities for energy efficiency improvements, and serve as a platform to recognize companies and leaders that have led the way in the application of innovative strategies.
“Working alongside our private sector partners, we are driving cost savings and a stronger, more secure U.S. industrial base,” said Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “The Department’s partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers will further spotlight industrial leadership and boost awareness of the resources across the DOE enterprise to boost manufacturing competitiveness through energy savings.”
As a nation, the U.S. spends over $200 billion dollars per year to power our manufacturing plants. This makes reducing energy consumption an effective strategy to bolster domestic economic competitiveness, while contributing to the creation of jobs in a sector that accounts for more than 12 million American workers. Through the Better Plants program, nearly 200 leading manufacturers across the country are able to set specific energy efficiency goals, and share innovative energy reduction strategies. The Sustainability in Manufacturing partnership will allow DOE and the NAM to continue to support the sector in its pursuit of energy savings through the research and development of new solutions and the amplification of partner successes.
“Manufacturers accept the responsibility to better the future of our communities, our environment and our children, which is why over the past decade, we have reduced emissions by 10 percent even as our value to the economy has increased 19 percent,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “This initiative is another example of the Trump Administration’s true partnership with manufacturers in America and it will take our sustainability efforts to a new level of progress.”
For more information on the Better Plants program, visit betterbuildingssolutionscenter.energy.gov.